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Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)
Director: Jason Eisener
It is what is says it is going to be on the box, kind of defeats the purpose to even review this movie as it is not about puppies and fluffy kittens and if you have already decided to see it you are not going to be put off by bad reviews one way or the other.
The Hobo (Rutger Hauer) arrives in a crime-ridden city on the rail and gets beaten up and assaulted by the crime boss Drake (Brian Downey) sons and the police and dumped in the garbage. He is rescued by Abby (Molly Dunsworth) and tries to go buy a lawnmower when the pawn shop is robbed and he decides to fight back, cue shotgun vigilantism and over the top violence all the way to the end.
For some reason I thought there would be more comedy, but most of the laughs came from the absurd level of violence throughout and the movie is a tribute to bad 80s trash and started life as a fake trailer in the Canadian release of Grindhouse.
If this is too much blood and gore it loses its impact after a while, it needs to be balanced with good characters and writing. It does its job in this movie but I didn't think the other characters got to have as good lines as Rutger Hauer did and that holds the movie back somewhat.
It was very well received in the screening I saw it in, but it was a late screening and the audience was up for it and enjoyed themselves. Might not be released in the cinemas, but it should do well on DVD and hopefully lead to more work for Rutger Hauer.
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